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Published January 31, 2014, 11:22 AM

WDAY News - Noon Update

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Thanks for joining us for the WDAY 6 news update at noon.

By: Lane Zyvoloski, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Thanks for joining us for the WDAY 6 news update at noon.

A Fargo man has pleaded guilty to stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and another man at her apartment here last November. David George Stevens pleaded guilty Friday to two counts felony murder.

Stevens had tried to enter a guilty plea at a previous hearing where he went into elaborate detail about how his wife April had driven them from South Dakota late in the evening of November 22nd to Samantha Wickenheiser's apartment, where he stabbed to death both Wickenheiser and the man she was with, Ward Allen Berg.

Stevens told the court he had suffered from mental health problems and had lost his health coverage.

Judge Steven Marquart wouldn't allow Stevens to plead guilty, saying he needed to have a psychological evaluation first. Court documents say Stevens does suffer from a diagnosable personality disorder, but not one that affects his connection with reality.

There was another fire in Perham this morning. Firefighters responded to a trailer house fire at about 6 AM this morning at 269 Pinecone Park. A family of six was inside the trailer, but they all escaped unharmed. It appears the trailer is a complete loss. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The Federal Railroad Administration issues new rules for railroad safety. After the train derailment in Casselton, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp and other lawmakers called for improved rail inspections. The new rules will work toward improving the flaw detection process. They'll look at routing, timing, and speed decisions to prevent derailments and minimize impacts. The FRA is introducing rule making that will look at track inspections and technology used in those inspections.

The U.S. State Department will now decide whether to send Amanda Knox back to Italy after a third trial was held. An Italian appeals court reinstated a conviction against Knox, who was initially acquitted of stabbing a roommate to death. Knox faces 28 years in Italian prison. Her first two trials produced flip-flop verdicts of guilty, then innocent.

Here's what you'll find in today's Forum: Read about a trio of stores setting up in West Fargo's Westgate Commons, and tune in to WDAY 6 News tonight: A preview of the big time hair show tonight at the Hub.

Now time for our retweet of the day. It's from Blaine Stewart.

Yep, that looks like a TV dinner alright…not very appetizing, but certainly creative.

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